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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (4 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231144946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231144940
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone curious about the climate system, its history and current state of understanding... would be well-advised to acquire a copy of this erudite and elegantly written book.--D.Q. Bowen"Quarternary Science Reviews" (01/01/0001)

There is much to be recommended, and the book will serve well in many libraries, both institutional and personal.--A. Townsend Peterson"Quaterly Review of Biology" (01/01/0001)

I strongly recommend this book as essential background material for graduate students, an up-to-date review for researchers in the field and an important resource for anyone with a general interest in climatic change.--Iain Robertson"The Holocene" (01/01/0001)

Everyone curious about the climate system, its history and current state of understanding... would be well-advised to acquire a copy of this erudite and elegantly written book.

--D.Q. Bowen"Quarternary Science Reviews" (01/01/0001)

I strongly recommend this book as essential background material for graduate students, an up-to-date review for researchers in the field and an important resource for anyone with a general interest in climatic change.

--Iain Robertson"The Holocene" (01/01/0001)

There is much to be recommended, and the book will serve well in many libraries, both institutional and personal.

--A. Townsend Peterson"Quaterly Review of Biology" (01/01/0001)

About the Author

Thomas M. Cronin is an adjunct professor in the Science, Technology, and International Affairs Program at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he teaches a course on oceans, climate, and world policy. Since earning his Ph.D. in geology at Harvard University, Cronin has been a leading researcher in the field of paleoclimate and sea-level change. He has published numerous papers and one textbook. He currently serves as coeditor of the journal Global and Planetary Change.


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Format: Hardcover
This is a massive book of length 441 pages. The main chapters are 1. Paleoclimatology and Modern Challenges (25 pp); 2. Methods in Paleoclimatology (29 pp); 3. Deep Time: Climate from 3.8 Billion to 65 Million Years Ago (23 pp); 4. Cenozoic Climate (31 pp); 5. Orbital Climate Change (35 pp); 6. Glacial Millennial Climate Change (35 pp); 7. Millennial Climate Events During Deglaciation (30 pp); 8. Holocene Climate Variability (28 pp); 9. Abrupt Climate Events (29 pp); 10. Internal Modes of Climate Variability (20 pp); 11. The Anthropocene I: Global and Hemispheric Temperature (23 pp); 12. The Anthropocene II: Climatic and Hydrological Change During the Last 2000 Years (29 pp). References number ~2450. Evidently Thomas Cronin has a huge brain, like a whale. Do buy this book. Its scope is enormous and I think that the author has shown excellent judgement in his reviews, both in his own area of expertise and elsewhere. I find a few flaws, but that's not the point. To advance this extremely difficult and fast-developing science, I think that we should have Venture Research Projects for young scientists, funded by corporations, which would aim to work over sub-sections of this book, bringing together diverse groups of researchers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 30 Jan. 2013
By Ima Sigh Intest - Published on Amazon.com
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Tom Cronin is a leader in the field of climate reconstruction. The book is well written and organized. He clearly explains the science of reconstructing past climates and why that is important to understanding how climate changes. In this book Dr. Cronin has laid out the state of the art in the way that only somene with his expertise can. I bought a hard copy of this book and then bought an electronic copy so that I could spend more time on it. It is information dense but understandable.
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Definitively, a magistral lecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Resource 29 May 2014
By robert poirier - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this book in my day to day research, as well as to learn more about new topics that I don't study personally. Very well written, so many useful citations/papers, and organized to broach various topics over various timescales. Tom is a fantastic scientist, and this book is a testament to his extremely broad knowledge base and is just a sample of what it is like having conversations with him in person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent text 24 Jun. 2015
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This was the required text for a graduate-level paleoclimatology class I took. I found the book to be very well-written and complete. It was an excellent complement to the lectures and assignments, and provided enough depth for me to feel I had gained a good enough grasp of the material to be ready for further study.
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